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A China Zoo’s Chubby Tigers Cause Giggles But Also Alarm Over the Big Cats’ Health

These fat tigers are far from cute. They are very “ill”, according to an animal expert.

Tigers are majestic animals. They are fierce, strong, muscular creatures that blend with the tall grass and trees in the forest when they hunt their prey. And they are relentless when they stalk.

All this perceived ferocious predatory imagery, however, suddenly melts away when visitors at the Siberian Tiger Park in northeastern China’s Harbin City behold the plump jungle cats lying around their enclosure.

Two Siberian tigers in the wild.

Chubby tiger in Siberian Tiger Park, China.

Source: Asia Wire

The park is a 144-hectare property, said to be the world’s largest nature park for rare and endangered animals.

One of its primary attractions, the Siberian tigers, are the biggest of the wild cats. They used to roam Korea, northeast China, far eastern Russia and eastern Mongolia in great numbers but hunting has greatly reduced their population.

Despite intense conservation efforts, there are only 530 Siberian tigers in the world today and 20 of which are now found in China.

In the Siberian Tiger Park, visitors giggle at the chubby kitties, feed them, then take lots of pictures.

Not knowing these once-swift and nimble wild animals are overfed and sick.

Running in the wild, Siberian tigers are a force to reckon with, but in the Harbin City tiger park, the most movement they can manage is to loll and flop around on the floor.

These Siberian tigers are alarmingly obese… They’re too fat to move!

Source: Asia Wire

Given their inability to move freely due to their weight, they have no regulated exercise schedule at all.

Park visitors aware of how wild tigers should be, people who have seen their photos online, and animal rights activists are understandingly alarmed.

These are very sick cats, indeed.


On the other hand, park workers assure everyone there’s nothing to worry about. They say tigers normally put on weight during the winter, which they usually shed come spring.

However, according to world-leading conservation organization, Born Free Foundation, this is not the case at all.

“These tigers appear very obese, indicative of a wholly inappropriate and unnatural diet, woefully inadequate opportunities for natural behaviour and exercise, and the constants of captivity.”

These tigers are neither funny nor cute, the organization explained.

“These animals are ill.”

Source: Asia Wire

“Based on the photos, it appears these tigers are obese,” a spokesperson for the International Fund for Animal Welfare told

“While dietary adjustments should be made to accommodate seasonal temperatures to ensure continued nutritional balance, captive tigers do not have to hunt for their food and “stockpiling” weight for lean times is not necessary.”

The obese tigers’ situation is made doubly worse as the park sells strips of beef and live chickens to visitors who pay to feed the tigers themselves.

The more tourists visit the zoo to feed the Siberian tigers, the more they get to eat than is good for them.

Begging for more.

During peak season, “the sadistic feeding never stops for the amused tourists,” a article written by Jarryd Salem says.

Many netizens who’ve seen the photos are outraged as well.

“In all seriousness, a tiger this fat needs help or its life will be short,” one tweet reads.

“It’s a balloon tiger … How could you let a tiger get this fat?” another Twitter user wrote.

“This is not good for [the tigers’] health. Many functions of their body would rapidly deteriorate,” a Weibo netizen posted.

Meanwhile, as long as visitors buy the food and pay the fee to feed these once-majestic animals, the tigers’ diets remain uncontrolled.

Watch the alarming situation in this video:

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  1. Robin Dalles

    February 21, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Anything that lands on chinese’ hands are being abused. They’ll do whatever it takes for money.

  2. Wong Kean Weng

    February 17, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Angeline Chaihahaahahahah

  3. Strill Vebs Bongolto

    February 17, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Ang cute ang sarap nyang kagatin. Hahahahah Trishia Romasanta

  4. Robert Mason

    March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    stop feeding those animals fast food.

  5. Jofel Joyce Dachlan

    February 17, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Richzel Lancion

  6. Robin Mangalindan

    February 17, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    tigreng napabayaan sa kusina

  7. Susan Jackson

    March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    China what more is there to say

  8. Joi Wan

    February 17, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Not surprised when it comes to China all animals r most abuse n killed

  9. T-bo Xiong

    February 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Tiger is eating good. Don’t worry

  10. Henson Lacar

    February 17, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    They overfed them later gonna eat them they are chinese they eat anything

  11. Ghenor Peter Arias

    February 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Rhoa Blena ikaw ito insan. Haha

  12. David Law

    February 17, 2017 at 10:09 AM


  13. Albby Bates

    February 17, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    Bates Escobido

  14. James Ryan Telan

    February 17, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Anacarmina lumba lumba

  15. Nadia Sajjad

    February 17, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    I hope there giving him there fake foods lol

  16. Nadia Sajjad

    February 17, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Poor animal

  17. Marcus Holmberg

    February 17, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Pauline Zwartkruis

  18. Deb Ellert

    February 17, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    animal abuse — there should be a world wide policing of the treatment of animals in zoos — PETA step up

  19. Callum Beal

    February 17, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Claire Roberts Remind you of anyone?

  20. Ferdi Garcia

    February 17, 2017 at 10:12 AM

    Toni Vistro Garcia

  21. David Law

    March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM


  22. Kate Moesman

    February 17, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Luna Rob van der Pol

  23. Rupert Inkpen

    February 17, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    Poor tiger is going to die of heart failure.

  24. Robin Dalles

    March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Anything that lands on chinese’ hands are being abused. They’ll do whatever it takes for money.

  25. Pia Tan

    February 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Tezel Metehan

  26. Halimah Muhammad

    February 21, 2017 at 1:42 AM

    Plzzz help then

  27. Jeri White

    February 20, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    I hope they get them on a diet for their sake. Too bad they can’t go back into the wild but how long would they last? not long with people killing them for sport or whatever.

  28. Edward Tan

    February 20, 2017 at 10:00 PM

    Hui Min garfield

  29. Mairi MacPherson

    February 20, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Crikey. Did it swallow a hippo. I have never ever seen a fat tiger.

  30. Laudy Mher Mallari Dorado

    February 20, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    This is what happens due to too much soft drinks! But seriously, overfed animals is abuse too 😩😤

  31. Mairi MacPherson

    March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Crikey. Did it swallow a hippo. I have never ever seen a fat tiger.

  32. Susan Jackson

    February 17, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    China what more is there to say

  33. Chris-Rhose Andrade

    February 18, 2017 at 4:53 PM

    You’d get fat too if u were caged up in a cage all day long. Let them out, they are suppose to roam and hunt for there food. #smh

  34. KenJoy Aunzo

    February 18, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Caysh Gel

  35. Tong Cruise

    February 18, 2017 at 7:48 AM

    Jypzylyn Sarmiento lammm

  36. Chrissy Chartier

    February 18, 2017 at 6:13 AM

    I don’t know but she looks pregnant…. she’s got milk nipples or she just had them

  37. Siddhartha Das

    February 18, 2017 at 5:13 AM

    saa beh Mahasina Soumyajyoti…. eman keta soumya 😂😂😂😂

  38. Shela Marie Iligan Notarte

    February 18, 2017 at 4:52 AM

    Watta cute chubby tiger.😊 I want that tiger to take in our house. Ilovefatsssssssssssss💖💖💖

  39. Gee Tan

    February 18, 2017 at 4:10 AM

    This is animal abuse! For once I do not support zoo at all because of all these reasons. They belong to the wild so leave them atthe wild!

  40. Jennifer Jamie

    February 18, 2017 at 2:25 AM

    Kristin Hazzel

  41. Robert Mason

    February 17, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    stop feeding those animals fast food.

  42. Donna Marie Morgan

    February 18, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    But they sure WON’T attack their handlers!

  43. Callum Beal

    March 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Claire Roberts Remind you of anyone?


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